A small island near TTDC Raindrop Boat House at Mudaliarkuppam, off East Coast Road, is turning out to be a preferred destination for business meetings.
In the last two months, several meetings were held on the island, including that of 165 LIC agents and 175 development officers from Chennai, apart from leisure and boating.
The tour package, consisting of travel, breakfast and boating and fixed at around Rs.450 per person, has been attracting several tourists even on working days. Besides, representatives of information technology firms also form the bulk of customers for the boathouse on weekends, and they are charged Rs.180 for boating alone.
“In the first instance, the meeting was held on the small island to recognise and appreciate the hard work done by the agents and it was followed by the development officers' meeting. The backwaters and the adjoining island before the beach offer the perfect setting. Some of our customers insist on going for a boat ride even during rain and that sums up the tense situation they are subjected to,” Raindrop Boat House manager C. Krishnamurthy told The Hindu.
Owing to the spate of accidents on East Coast Road, travellers to Puducherry have started using NH-45 (Tambaram-Chengalpattu-Madurantakam-Tindivanam), resulting in a slight dip in the number of arrivals. Only those proceeding directly to Auroville are dropping by at the boathouse.
Last month, Raindrop Boat House received 2,333 visitors against 2,768 during the corresponding period last year.
“On our part, we have recently inducted 10 pedal boats with a seating capacity of two and four persons respectively. This will take the total number of boats to 52, including kayak, row boats, motorboats, high-speed boats and water scooters. The visitor can board the boat only after wearing the lifejacket and the compliance here is 100 per cent,” he said.
M. Ashok, a traveller from Bangalore, said that he came to this place to take part in para-sailing and wind-surfing, but was disappointed as it was suspended temporarily.